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The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt,

their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.

– Psalm 14:1 (NIV)

Some recent Hollywood cinema attractions have been aimed
at the Christian audience.  God Is Not Dead and Noah are two box office blockbusters that have been gaining a lot of ground in Christian circles.  One is anything but a biblical based account of one of the most well known biblical characters of the Old Testament next to David, Moses and Abraham, while the other is definitely geared towards Christians and seekers alike.

We have been here before.

The Passion of Christ swept us all up into a frenzy a few years back.  It went so far as to even go authentic with language and use English subtitles in order to maintain the integrity of the New Testament’s usage of the Greek language.  It caused a media frenzy.  It caused an uproar among atheists.  It caused much discussion on the depth of sacrifice that Jesus endured for our salvation.  It hit right at the core of the soul’s dichotomy between humanity and holiness, total assurance  and total depravity.  It hit us all with shock value and made us look once again at the life and times of Jesus as well as His sacrificial work on the cross on Calvary.

We saw a similar stir to a lesser degree with Kirk Cameron in Fireproof  (2008) and Courageous (2011).  Unlike Noah and The Passion, these were made by Christians and presented in a manner that was not offensive but undoubtedly had Christian values and principles oozing out of scene after scene.  Outreach Magazine hosted movie discussions in theaters and churches all across the country with its church and para-church partners.  Other faith-based groups hosted viewing nights as well.  We got caught up in these movies and they offered us an opportunity to share the Good News in an environment where people could talk about Christianity without someone jumping on the defense on either side.

Noah is nothing short of artistic license at best.  It makes Noah into a totally different man than the one that many of us came to know through Sunday School lessons.  Sadly, it has been publicly shared that the intent of the movie was not to portray the biblical account of Noah but a very secular interpretation of him. (SMH in the name of Jesus and everything holy!)

God is Not Dead on the other hand, is the type of movie that allows us to walk along with those who dwell in logic and philosophy with our Bibles and history books open at the same time.  It offers us an opportunity to have an open dialogue about what can be done and how much we can explore beyond what we have heard from the pulpit or in Sunday School to truly defend the Gospel.

We are under attack as Christians.  If you did not know that, just go to your local movie theater.  It’s right there on the big screen before your eyes.

 

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In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps. – Proverbs 16:9 (NIV)

You make plans.  Whether they are written in a notebook or scribbled on a table napkin, you have some idea of where you want to go and what you want to do.

Slow down a minute.

We write them down and then we pray and seek God’s blessings over plans that we have devised on our own.

Maybe we are going at this wrong way.

Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. – Proverbs 16:3 (NIV)

Start with prayer.  Let your prayer lead you in your planning as you remain open to what God has for you to see, hear and experience.  You will bear witness to the powerful and miraculous ability of God to do far more in such times than anything that you can conceive and then pray for His blessing about later.

The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty. – Proverbs 21: 5 (NIV)

All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. – Proverbs 14:23 (NIV)

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Your word is a lamp to my feet

and a light to my path.

Psalm 119:105 (NRSV)

This can be a very dark world.  Darkness seems to carry an eerie air as it overtakes the day or as it consumes a room.  Darkness can bring about some hidden fears that we once thought we had conquered from our past, but the darkness helps them emerge again with a fury.

God has help for us despite the darkness, though.

A Lamp to My Feet

Lamps and lanterns are held in front of you so that you can see your way.  You can never get ahead of the lamp and you sure shouldn’t get too far away from it.  It is best to have your lamp at a low level so that you can see what’s ahead.  It could be a ditch.  There could be a cliff.  You could be walking into quicksand.

A lamp  will guide you despite the darkness.

A Light to My Path

Light penetrates darkness.  It illuminates all that falls under it.  Nothing is hidden when the light is shone on it.

Ever been on a dark pathway?

People start talking about the Boogie Man and all sorts of creepy stuff when the lights aren’t on or around, but let that light hit the scene and things that were once unseen become real images to you.  A lighted pathway can put us at ease a little bit because we will be able to see what lies ahead.  The path can be seen easily.  We don’t have to squint or feel around.  We can see things with our eyes and know that the pathway is lit for us, for our safety and for our sure-footed walk.

  A light will show you the way despite the darkness.

  I need God guiding me through his Word.  I need God showing   me the path to take according to His Word.  I need god’s Word  as both my lamp and my light, for my feet and my path.

  He can do it for you despite the darkness.

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Let God Hear

I rise before the dawning of the morning, And cry for help; I hope in Your word. – Psalm 119:147

In the morning and in the evening are times when God should hear from us. It isn’t reserved just for in times of trouble.

However, many people just wait until it is troubling. They wait until then to call on God. They wait until a deadline is fast approaching. They wait until they are backed up against a wall.

Let God hear from you daily. Come before His throne and lay out your heart to Him. He’ll hear you.

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